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Hartford Street Zen Center: Dharma Talks

Rev. Myo Lahey

Lectures in this collection were recorded between 2004 and the present, at the Hartford Street Zen Center, a small Soto Zen Buddhist temple founded in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

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"You may have the thought, 'I hear the silence.' And the universe kind of says, 'that's right.' So that's pretty helpful, unless you get hung up on that, and go running around saying, 'You know what, the universe told me. I hear the silence.' And then that's not so helpful, and kind of obnoxious. So I wouldn't recommend that. If the universe says 'that's right', you say thank you universe, and go on with your steady, steady earth practice. And that's all, all you need to do."
Topics: Rev. John King, gotsu gotsu chi
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Topics: dai hi shin dharani, dharani, shin, dai, hi, chant, rohatsu, sesshin
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Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street, faith, bodhicitta, bodhichitta
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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"The One Expounding Mind, Expounding Nature is Who?"
Topics: rohatsu, sesshin
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by Reverend Ryuei Michael McCormick
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The Four Noble Truths and its role in Nichiren Buddhism. Talk given by Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick, assistant minister at the San Jose Nichiren Buddhist Temple.
Topic: Nichiren Buddhism, Four Noble Truths, Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick
On Dogen's Three Pillars: Wholehearted Attention to the Details of Everyday Life
Topics: dogen, three pillars, zen, daily life
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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Topics: vipassana, Arinna Weisman
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Thanks and blessings to the web master of http://www.gaysangha.org/ for recording, editing, and allowing HSZC to repost this file.
Topics: gmbs, dharma talk, hszc, enlightenment, buddha, rohatsu, sesshin
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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Topics: metta, meditation, vipassana
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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Buddha Shakyamuni said "There is no being in any universe or in any time that is unworthy of Lovingkindness."
Topics: rohatsu, sesshin, metta, meditation
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by Rev. M.D. Lahey
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Issan-ji Saturday morning Dharma talk
Topics: Soto Zen, Dogen
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Note: audio recording started late. This is a transcription of the opening lines of the Dharma talk, which were not recorded:"Everyone must realize Buddha's truth for themselves. I can't stress how important this is." Then the Dharma talk followed as presented in this recording.
Topics: dogen, rinzai, soto, practice-enlightenment
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by Victoria Austin
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Rev. Victoria Austin speaks on this week's California Supreme Court decision affirming the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. "Buddhism is about liberation from conventional designations...."
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Victoria Austin, Same-sex marriage, gay...
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"The future seems to approach, and the past to recede. But as Dogen pointed out, those are all just, what he called, "Being Time. Or Time Being." . . . To consider one without the other is an empty exercise. And if we don't have this established practice of actualizing whole body and mind, right now, then the way Dogen talks is going to remain somewhat puzzling at best."
Topics: Eihei Dogen, Being Time
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by Hartford Street Zen Center
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In a 2008 TED lecture, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor described her experience of a stroke (http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229). Rev. Myo Lahey discusses her talk in the context of Soto Zen practice.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Jane Bolte Taylor, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Stroke
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"Buddha taught that you cannot correct hatred through hatred. I just wanted to say that again, not that you guys don't know that, but apparently there are some dharma students who don't know that. Hatred only ends through . . . some people say, 'love.' But that's a little loose, actually. In the Pali it says, 'Not hatred.' Well, you could say that's love. But actually no, I don't think Buddha was positing a counter force, a deliberate antidote. I think Buddha was suggesting, don't hate. Be...
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Topics: Avatamsaka Sutra, Rev Jana Drakka
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Bodhidharma was about telling us that, "No matter whether you have some fabulous insight, you will not go beyond this body-mind right now. No matter how greatly enlightened you get."
Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, Bodhidharma
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by Reverend Ed Brown
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Question and answer session continues after closing chant.
Topic: ed brown, hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
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2007-06-30 Dharma Talk and Community Meeting on the state of affairs at the Hartford Street Zen Center, San Francisco, California.
Topic: reverend myo lahey, hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
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by Reverend Dave Haselwood
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When you put a whole bunch of tarot roots in a bucket of water and they rub against each other. All the hair rubs off. That's the nature of monastic practice. Take all these people and put them in this rigid situation. After a while they get rather mild and sweet, and get along together. In a way, you can do that in your own life, with your Buddhist practice. In our sitting meditation, if we don't just sit there and go to sleep, or try to force ourselves into some artificial state of mind,...
Topics: Rev. Dave Hazelwood, ego, psychology
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by Hartford Street Zen Center
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #4
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen
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"What would it be like if, every thought we had, we actually didn't believe that it was real or that its content was really true? As I speak, maybe you can try to open to this possibility of: moment to moment, not believing in what you're thinking. Which is quite different than just not thinking."
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street zen center
On Rev. Zenshin Ryufu (zen-heart dragon-wind) Philip Whalen, former Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center.
Topics: Rev. Philip Whalen, ash interment ceremony
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by Reverend Mark Lancaster
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Fox, priest, enlightened, deluded. Be here. That's all it takes.
Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto
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"Suzuki Roshi said, 'Something that is beautiful is always losing its balance.' You can see that for yourselves, if you notice something that you think is beautiful. If you look at it you'll see it's beautiful against a background of impermanence."
Topic: reverend myo lahey, hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
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"Even if I could unroll for you, all of Buddha's teachings, in a single instance, that wouldn't save you. That wouldn't save me, either. This practice of Dharma study is dependent on others, and also completely individual. Do you understand? We can't do without others, and we also must manage our own effort, our own vow."
Topics: leaving home, sesshin
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by Hartford Street Zen Center
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Rev. Anna Thorn speaks of Dogen's recommendations for Zazen, and ends with a quote from Kafka: "There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked, it can't do otherwise. In raptures it will writhe before you."
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Anna Thorn, Dharma talk, Soto Zen, Dogen, zazen, Kafka
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Master Jinshan asked Master Xiushan, "Clearly knowing the unborn nature of life, why are we stayed by life?" Xiushan said, "Bamboo shoots will eventually become bamboo, but if you use them now for bamboo rope, can you make them serve the purpose?" Jinshan said, "Later on you’ll be enlightened on your own." Xiushan said, "I’m just this way—what is your meaning?" Jinshan said, "This is the monastery superintendent’s quarters, that is the...
Topics: dharma talk, hszc, hartford street zen center
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by Reverend Jeffrey Schneider
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"The one-phrase iron person lives here."
Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street
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"Actually, if you remember these stories, and let them ride around with you, something happens, actually."
Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street
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"If you make the choice to have space in your life to do some cultivation of the study of Dharma, again, things can change. Things can change in your life and it would be a mistake to think that you can direct that change. Or control that change. Or be in charge of that change. It's generally not possible."
Topic: hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
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"Sometimes when people see the so called Dharma teacher's slip is showing, they get discouraged. And they go looking for someone with no slip showing. Well that's okay, but, again it's usually pretty dangerous to think that so-and-so, not only has no slip showing, but doesn't even have one. That's how cool they are. This is usually dangerous, because then you are, so to speak (although you can't) giving up your own awakened mind and putting it on someone else. That may be a necessary...
Topics: leak, Manjushri Bodhisattva
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Rev. Daigaku Rumme speaks about Dogen's "Instructions for the Monastery Chief Cook" (Tenzo Kyokun), and how saying the word 'fire' doesn't burn your mouth.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Daigaku Rumme, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tenzo
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"Ease me, Dear God, over the lip. Give me the final push, that I may fall, flaming, freewheeling Out of all space, and at last Out of time." Thank you for your patience, and if that's my actual death poem, bye bye."
Topics: Green Gulch Farm, Three Essentials, Eihei Dogen, rinzai, soto, death poem
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by Reverend Daigaku Rumme
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"Is there anybody? Is there anybody? Is there any body? This is not an idle question for Buddhists, if that's what we are."
Topic: blue cliff record
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Is Joy. Or . . .
Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto
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by Reverend Ryuei Michael McCormick
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Reverend McCormick was ordained to the Nichiren-shu (Lotus Sutra School) ministry in 2001 by Reverend Ryusho Matsuda, of the San Jose Nichiren Temple. Reverend McCormick is also a long-time practitioner of zazen (seated meditation) and a student of the writings of Dogen-zenji.
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". . . this is one of these clever dialogues about practice. Basically the point is, you have to do it with your bodymind, or it will just remain opaque. You have to do it with your bodymind."
Topics: ritual, genjo koan
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by Reverend John Grimes
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Topics: HSZC history, Issan Dorsey, Rev. John Grimes
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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"There is no enlightenment apart from now . . . Apart from this, there is no other place or time apart from the unfolding Buddha way. That's really all there is to it . . . The life of practice, the lifetime, or lifetimes, we spend in practice is simply teaching this bodymind, which is a manifestation of karma, how to align with that. Or letting it learn how to align with that truth. And at some point, it speaks for itself."
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by Reverend Jeffrey Schneider
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Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, dana, paramita
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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The practice of zazan can teach us that the entire universe is bits and pieces. And whole. I would suggest that there isn't anything more precious than that.
Topics: dharma talk, hartford street zen center, myo lahey, rev myo, hszc, san francisco
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street zen center
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by Reverend John King
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Topics: John King, shishin dainei
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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Hartford Street Zen Center. Dharma Talk.
Topics: dharma talk, hartford street zen center, myo lahey, rev myo, hszc, san francisco
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by Reverend Myo Lahey
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Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto
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by Reverend Jana Drakka
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Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, Jana Drakka
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Expressing mind expressing nature. Sesshin Sessho.
Topics: dogen zenji, sesshin sessho, shobogenzo
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by Reverend Daigaku Rumme
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Rev. Greg Fain makes some recommendations for zazen posture, and discusses Buddhism's two truths in light of Zhaozhou's "cypress tree" koan (Case 47 from the Book of Serenity). "We're not living in harmony with all of creation because we think we're separate from all of creation."
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Greg Fain, Zhaozhou, cypress tree, zazen
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by Reverend Darlene Cohen
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"Zen is said to be very difficult. And for many of us though, it doesn't matter if it's difficult or not. Whether it's easy or not. It's in our bones, our marrow. We'll do it no matter what."
Topics: jukai, Rev. Darlene Cohen
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by Reverend Taigen Dan Leighton
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The late abbot Zenshin Philip Whalen had a favorite mantra, which some of you will know, which was: "When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." This is somewhat ironic. This is not Shakyamuni's advice. But it is a temptation.
Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, Reverend Myo Lahey, soto
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by Reverend Peter Van der Sterre
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by Reverend Jeffrey Schneider
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Topic: Rev. Jeffrey Schneider
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by Laura Burges
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May all beings be happy. May they be joyous and live in safety.
Topics: teaching children, metta sutta
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by Reverend Dave Haselwood
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Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street zen center
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"...actualize the bodymind, how do you do that? . . . Well, basically, you don't. You. Don't. Just like you do your laundry and sweep floors, not like that. Doing laundry and sweeping floors, the bodymind is actualized. This is Dogen's whole point."
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. . . even then, I have to remind myself, no timeouts. If you think there can be a timeout, that means Dharma is not quite coextensive with all of your cells. Or, you haven't noticed yet, but it is.
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #3
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen
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by Reverend Rin McCarthy
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Topics: faith, Buddhist Christian conference
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"If I say 'do you feel it?' I'm afraid you might be mislead, and think I'm referring to some particular thing."
Topics: buddhism, dharma talk, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, Myo Lahey
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #2.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen